California Prune and Pumpkin Devil’s Soup

Recipe by by Peter Sidwell

This delicious soup may be a little spooky to look at, but it tastes so good that you’ll only be screaming when you’ve finished it all! It’s a perfect dish to warm you up, as the weather turns chilly, and the nights draw in.

Bone-building Recipe

Oh Pumpkin! We love your magnesium, which is important for bone formation and mineralization. High magnesium intakes have been associated with higher bone density. And don’t forget those nourishing California Prunes to round out this bone-supporting fall comfort meal.

Servings: Makes 2 servings
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions finely chopped
  • 1kg Pumpkin, peeled, deseeded and chopped into chunks
  • 4 Sage leaves
  • 800mL vegetable stock/water
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 12 California Prunes
  • 50mL Red wine vinegar
  • 60mL Chilli oil

Bone boost addition: blend in 2/3 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt for a creamy, delicious calcium plus protein nutrient blast.

Gut-friendly swap: Leeks for onions. Leeks are nutrient dense and contain inulin, which is a prebiotic that promotes healthy gut bacteria.


  1. Pour the olive oil into a large pan on a medium heat
  2. Add the onions, pumpkin, sage and cumin
  3. Pour in the vegetable stock or water and bring up to the boil
  4. Season with salt and pepper and cook for 10-15 minutes
  5. Meanwhile, place the California Prunes into a bowl with the vinegar and leave to swell
  6. Once the pumpkin and onions are soft blend with a stick blender until smooth
  7. Pour the soup into bowls and create a scary face with 2 California Prunes for eyes and a spooky smile with chilli oil.

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